Conceptualizing mental health care utilization using the health belief model
This article uses the Health Belief Model (HBM; Health Education Monographs, 1974, 2:409) as a framework for explaining what factors might encourage or inhibit an individual from utilizing mental health services. The HBM is a socio-cognitive approach that proposes that people are likely to engage in a given health-related behavior when they believe the problem could have serious consequences for daily living activities, when they believe the intervention will be effective, and when they perceive few barriers to taking action. When applied to mental health utilization, this model provides a structure for developing and evaluating programs designed to increase mental health awareness and appropriate utilization.
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Henshaw, E., J., Freedman-Doan, C. R. (2009). Conceptualizing mental health care utilization using the health belief model.. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 16(4). http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01181.x